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, governor of connecticut, a senior research fellow at george mason university. senior economic director at naacp and a fellow at the roosevelt institute. it's great to have you all here. i like when i do these spiels, listen to withering criticism from the panel. what do you think of the thesis, at least about the politics of the undoing of the consensus? >> i think this focus on grover is just it's wrong. i mean grover is just one guy advocating for a position that i think is sound. i mean we know that taxes are wrong for the economy. the problem right now is not about grover. the problem right now is about this debate. actually focusing on the treat, whether we are going to raise taxes on the top 1% or 2%, how we're going to do it. and we are not focusing on the fourth, which is this gigantic crisis in entitlement spending that is coming. >> there's not a gigantic crisis in intelligence spending. >> really? >> here is what i looked at. i want to stay on taxes for a minute. the projects right now about the medicare trust fund is above what the average has been for the projection of the
and lieutenant george are cinco of the newtown police department and the connecticut state police from what we know and don't know about yesterday's shooting at sandy hook elementary school. we know that the gunman has been didn't fied as 20-year-old adam lanza who first killed his mother and went to a kindergarten class in the school where he worked killing 27 people. 20 children, six adults and himself. two handguns were found at the school as well as a semiautomatic rifle. law enforcement told officials that the gun was licensed to the gunman's mother. president obama will address the media in his weekly address. we'll have that later. but some hope that he might make an effort to tackle gun control for the first time. the shooting the deadliest in history as raised questions about the gun laws but also school security and preparation. we're going to msnbc's chris jansing who is outside of nowtown in connecticut this morning. chris, can you give us an idea of what we're learning, what new facts have we acquired? >> from the time, chris, went off the air last night, we saw a large exodus fro
talk about gun control, or you caulk about the guns in the wake of a wake ofity connecticut shooting you'll get8 of 10 carrolls sayi if only there were not more guns in schools. if only this was a gun-free zone. don't take my gun away from me as a law-abiding citizen in order to deal with these people out there doing these horrible things. >> you wrote a piece about this about the decision to give up your gun and about a context. i want you to talk about the full context for that. because it was very moving to me and also, i think, the psychology of this is important. i don't want to underplay or sit here as aa never having owned a gun liberal and poopoo the psychology of people that do own it. that's not something christmas eve subjective access to and a lot of people feel very strong about that. >> i live in the south, ground zero for the nra but further to the right of gun owners of america. it's a part of our culture. i was raised in a household with guns. my mother later on when she was a widow, had guns. my father was my first hero. and i describe in the piece, i think, for the
in connecticut. >> is there anything that can be done? it seems like it's an issue that has to be on a national level which is why i think, tough mayors? is there anything that can be done at the level of, say, philadelphia governance. >> we have passed some laws in philadelphia and some have made it past the nra lawsuit. and have been sustained by our pennsylvania supreme court. but states and the federal government, there should be a series of pretty strong policies across the united states of america. and then, either states or local governments can enhance, if he want to, but should never be able to low-ball. the u.s. conference of mayors we advocated three major things. one, there should be an assault weapons' ban across united states. no reason for a civilian to ever have an assault rifle, machine gun, multiclips, and so the second part is the large magazines. >> machine guns are banned. >> fully automatic weapons. >> right. if you're putting out hundreds of rounds, you know, a minute, i heap, i'm not going to get into a debate about semiautomatic or automatic, it's a lot. right? large ma
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